Android’s Share menu is a consistent control across most apps. Whether you’re viewing a webpage in Chrome, watching a video on YouTube, or browsing apps on the Play Store, you’ll see that familiar Share icon. Tapping it launches a menu that lets you choose which app you’d like to send out the link with.
However, the Share menu is a bit messy by default. The apps aren’t listed in any particular order, and it’s probably cluttered with apps you never use. Let’s take a look at a few different apps to customize your Share menu so it’s just right for you.
The Classic: Andmade Share
Strangely, there aren’t too many apps that beef up Android’s Share menu anymore. One of the few that’s still around is Andmade Share, available for free. The app hasn’t been updated since 2013, but it still works fine.
Once you have Andmade Share installed, you’ll notice it pop up as an option when you tap the Share icon inside an app. Choose Andmade Share, and tap Always to make it your default sharing application. You’ll see that the first improvement is an alphabetical listing for the apps (Andmade Share is on the right below), but you can do more customization.
At the Andmade Share screen, long-press on an entry to re-arrange it anywhere you like. Of course, it makes more sense to have the apps that you use most often near the top of the list. By tapping the gear in the upper-right corner of Andmade Share’s menu or opening the app from your app drawer, you can access its few settings.
The most important option is Hidden apps, which allows you to exclude any Share menu entry you don’t want. If one of your apps adds an entry into the Share menu that’s a duplicate or useless, just check it here and you won’t have to bother with it again. If you often share items via email, the Default e-mail option lets you set a default destination email address when you share via Gmail or other email apps.
For $2, you can upgrade to Andmade Share Pro. This version lets you create groups of apps so you can share to multiple places at once. Pro also allows you to share without a network connection, as the app will automatically share your links whenever your phone restores the connection.
Finally, note that some apps use their own Share format, and might bypass Andmade Share. You can still tap Andmade Share in these lists to open it.
Overall, despite being old (it doesn’t feature Material Design), Andmade Share still works and is a solid replacement for the stock sharing experience.
The Modern: Fliktu
If Andmade Share is too old or boring for you, Fliktu provides a slick alternative. The app doesn’t have a free version, so you’ll have to pay $1 to check it out.
Once you’ve downloaded Fliktu, open it up and tap the box to Use Fliktu for Sharing. The app guides you through selecting it as your default sharing application, then you’re all set up. Tap the Share icon in any app, and Fliktu will draw your most-used app’s icons over your current screen. Apps you commonly share to appear at the top, but you can scroll down to see the others (in alphabetical order).
To customize the order, open up Fliktu and scroll over to the Menu heading. The Left, Middle, and Right Position entries are set to Automatic by default, but you can choose any three apps you like to stay up top. Tap Hide Apps to remove any from the list you don’t want around.
Fliktu has a few other tricks up its sleeve that are worth checking out. Browse to the Links section of the app, and you can enable its sharing feature for links, too. When activated, whenever you tap on a link, you can gently flick your device to share it instead of opening up your default browser.
Similarly, on the Clipboard tab, you can enable the flicking feature whenever you copy some text. This is handy when you want to quickly share a URL or copy some text from a message and send it to another app. If you find the flicking too finicky, you can change it under the Flick tab.
Like Andmade Share, some apps might not respond to Fliktu because they use their own sharing protocol. Note that Fliktu hasn’t been updated since November of 2015. The developer states that the app is a side project, and thus he only updates it a few times per year. For now, the app is working great; we hope the developer doesn’t abandon it.
Download: Fliktu ($1)
Care to Share?
It’s a shame there aren’t more apps available for setting up a custom share menu, but at least we have two solid options. Andmade Share is free yet basic, while Fliktu costs a small fee but is modern and offers extra features. Both enable you to hide apps you never use and keep the ones that you do near the top, so you can’t go wrong with either of them.
Looking for more Android customization? Have a look at the best way to add or change default apps.
Which sharing app do you prefer? Let us know your perfect sharing setup down in the comments!
Originally written by Erez Zukerman on April 8th, 2014.